Charlie Weis' Jayhawks came very close to their first conference wins since 2010 this weekend.
There were some close calls around the Big 12 in Week 11, but in the end all the favorites came out on top across the conference.
After an OT scare in Lubbock, a shootout in Stillwater and a too-close-for-comfort game in Norman, things stay put in this week's Big 12 power rankings.
Hookem.com's Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 11
(1) 1. Kansas State (10-0, 7-0 Big 12)
Two more wins and K-State likely heads to Miami for a shot at the BCS title in early January. Collin Klein may not have had a huge statistical day, but his 195 total yards and two touchdowns were enough to ensure the Wildcats a win and will keep him atop Heisman polls for another week. KSU had an uncharacteristic two turnovers against TCU Saturday night, but they got two of their own, keeping their turnover margin at a nation-best plus-21.
This week: 23-10 win over TCU
Next week: at Baylor
(2) 2. Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1)
The Sooner secondary continues to play at an incredibly high level with Mike Stoops back in Norman guiding the defense. OU held Baylor's Nick Florence to 172 passing yards - over 100 yards less than his previous season low - and no touchdowns for the first time this season. Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and Damien Williams added 99 on the ground. With its only losses this season to two of the three BCS title contenders - KSU and Notre Dame - Oklahoma has an impressive resume despite the record.
This week: 42-34 win over Baylor
Next week: at West Virginia
(3) 3. Texas (8-2, 5-2)
The Longhorns look like a team that's really finding its groove in the last half of the season. Texas is riding a four-game winning streak after yet another all-around performance in its win over Iowa State. If the defense can continue to play like it has for the last two and a half games we could be looking at an exciting regular season finale in Manhattan.
This week: 33-7 win over Iowa State
Next week: vs. TCU (11/22)
(4) 4. Oklahoma State (6-3, 4-2)
The Cowboys were the latest team to light up the West Virginia defense behind 292 yards and four touchdowns through the air from Clint Chelf - in his first career start - and wide receiver Josh Stewart picked up 218 total yards and three touchdowns. Oklahoma State is expected to get its other two quarterbacks healthy possibly as early as next week, which would give them just one game to get their legs under them before Bedlam on Nov. 24.
This week: 55-34 win over West
Next week: vs. Texas Tech
(5) 5. Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3)
The Red Raiders dodged a major bullet Saturday by getting past Kansas in overtime. That "vaunted" Texas Tech defense has seriously stepped back, allowing 390 rush yards to Kansas in its latest outing. Seth Doege's 476 yards were barely enough to keep the Jayhawks winless in conference. Maybe it was an emotional letdown after the loss to Texas, but the Red Raiders have to get back at it fast with Oklahoma State coming to town this week.
This week: 41-34 OT win over Kansas
Next week: vs. Oklahoma State
Geno Smith and the Mountaineers have fallen way off the radar after their fourth straight loss.
(6) 6. TCU (6-4, 3-4)
The Horned Frogs fought valiantly against the best team in the conference - and quite possibly the country - but ran into a buzz saw in K-State. TCU held the Wildcats to a season-low 23 points, but couldn't muster enough offense behind redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykine (17-for-30, 164 yards, TD, INT) against the tough Kansas State D. TCU's debut season in the conference doesn't get a whole lot easier with Texas and Oklahoma to finish.
This week: 10-23 loss Kansas State
Next week: at Texas (11/22)
(7) 7. West Virginia (5-4, 2-4)
The Mountaineers have lost four in a row and are looking squarely down the barrel of a fifth with a visit from the Sooners coming up on Saturday. The West Virginia defense is only rivaled by Baylor as the worst - by far - in a conference not known for D already. Geno Smith is still putting up impressive numbers, but with a defense that bad the Mountaineers will struggle to stop even the worst Big 12 offenses
This week: 34-55 loss to Oklahoma State
Next week: vs. Oklahoma
(8) 8. Iowa State (5-5, 2-5)
The Cyclones are a tough team, but they just don't have the athletes to win many games in the Big 12. The Longhorns came to play and quarterback Steele Jantz had yet another poor game on Saturday, dropping ISU to 2-5 in conference play. Almost two full seasons into the Steele Jantz experiment in Ames and Paul Rhoads and his staff are yet to find any consistency at the QB position.
This week: 7-33 loss to Texas
Next week: at Kansas
(9) 9. Baylor (4-5, 1-5)
The Bears had a huge day on the ground as Oklahoma aimed to shut down the Baylor passing attack. Lache Seastrunk ran for 91 yards and three scores, Nick Florence ran for 83 and another score, and Glasco Martin added another 60 yards, but it wasn't enough to upset Oklahoma in Norman. The Bears are looking at a tough finish with homes games against K-State, Tech and Oklahoma State to end the year.
This week: 34-42 loss to Oklahoma
Next week: vs. Kansas State
(10) 10. Kansas (1-9, 0-7)
Saturday's seven-point overtime loss was KU's third conference loss by one score or less this year. Kansas has now gone over two years since its last Big 12 win (Nov. 6, 2010). The Jayhawks got 202 rushing yards from Tony Pierson and 127 more from James Sims while pushing Texas Tech to the brink in Lubbock. KU finishes with Iowa State and West Virginia as they look for conference win No. 1 of 2012.
This week: 34-14 OT loss to Texas Tech
Next week: vs. Iowa State
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